Kashamu Drags NDLEA, Others To Court Over Extradition

In anticipation of a possible extradition to the United States for trials over drug-related offences, controversial senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Buruji Kashamu, has taken the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and 10 others to court.
Kashamu had always denied being wanted by the US government for alleged involvement in drug offences in the country.
Since the victory of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, believed to have the support of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who has been having a running battle against Buruji, there had been fears that Buruji could be extradited to face the charges against him.
Consequently, Kashamu wants the Federal High Court in Lagos to stop any forceful abduction by all the listed bodies as he argues that this is against his fundamental human rights to Freedom of association, movement and liberty as enshrined in the constitution.
He argues in the suit with number FHC/L/CS/505/15 that his extradition is being plotted by former President Obasanjo, who is believed to have vowed to ensure that the lawmaker-elect does not enjoy the ‘people’s mandate’ to represent them at the National Assembly.
Kashamu added that he has enough grounds to believe that he would be forcefully picked up at the swearing-in ceremony for senators and taken the US for trials.
Those filed as defendants in the suit include the NDLEA chairman, the Inspector General of Police, Chairman of the EFCC, the Director-General of Department of State Service; the Interpol National Central Bureau; the Attorney General of the Federation; the Clerk of the National Assembly; the National Security Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, the Nigeria Customs Services, the Nigeria Immigration Service, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Kashamu wants the court to declare as illegal, the plan by the organisations, co-operating with Obasanjo, to abduct and forcibly transport him to the US and further seeks an order to provide a security detail of at least six armed police officers to protect him at all times of the day and to prevent (him) from any attack or abduction.
Apart from this, Kashamu is seeking an order from the court asking the clerk of the National Assembly to accord the applicant every facility, right and privileges due to a senator-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria until he takes his oath of office and thereafter as is due to a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, while urging the court to restrain all the respondents from preventing him from entering the National Assembly.
In a 92-paragraph affidavit accompanying the suit, Kashamu affirmed that he was once incarcerated in Brixton Prisons in London between 1998 and January 10, 2013 and was however later discharged after Judge Tim Workman ruled that the allegations of the US authorities against him with regards to importation of narcotics to the US was a case of mistaken identity.
He argued that he was not the one but his brother, who bears a striking resemblance with him, actually was the one needed.

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